8 days in Egypt Itinerary

8 days in Egypt Itinerary

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8 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Luxor
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Dahab
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sharm El Sheikh
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

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day
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Tomb of Ramses VI, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Luxor Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Luxor trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Luxor is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for little chillier nights in Luxor, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

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Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dahab road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Luxor to Dahab in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Luxor in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Dahab, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh ©
An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, then explore the activities along Na'ama Bay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip planner .

Take a bus from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

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nights
Cairo

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, stop by Bazar Noobr, and see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip planner .

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in February, things will get slightly colder in Cairo: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

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Giza
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Islamic Cairo ©
Islamic Cairo
Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo
Nile River
Nile River

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